Oct. 3, 2006
The #21 LMU women's soccer team returns to Sullivan Field for its final non-conference tuneup before opening WCC play on Sunday. The Lions host Hawaii on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00pm and will face off against WCC rival Pepperdine on Sunday at 1:00pm. These games mark the beginning of a four game home stretch. LMU has won three straight games, scoring eight goals over that span. Gametracker will be available for both games this week, and Sunday's game will be broadcast live on Lions All-Access at www.LMULions.com.
Freshmen Get In On The Action
All three goals in LMU's 3-0 win over UC Riverside were scored by freshmen. The Lions' rookie class has scored five goals this season, including two by Katrina Chong and two by Tiffany Harrison. Lacey Bartels added a goal and an assist in the win over the Highlanders. LMU's freshman class has been instrumental to the team's success this season, with Harrison and Kim Feeney starting every game this season. Feeney has played every minute of the season as a central defender. Five different newcomers have started a game in 2006.
Inside the Lions
This week's "Inside the Lions" features an interview with senior captain Whitney Temple. Inside the Lions is a weekly show on LMU's website (www.LMULions.com) that features a preview of the week and a weekly spotlight interview. A new show goes online every Monday afternoon.
The Rainbow Wahine comes into the game with a 6-4-2 record overall after falling to San Diego, 4-2, on Sunday. Hawaii took a 2-1 lead over the Toreros, but USD scored three second half goals for the win. Taryn Fukuroku, the team's leading scorer, had two goals in the game. For the season, she has six goals and three assists. Kelli-Anne Chang has four goals and two assists in 2006, and Ambree Ako has two goals and four assists. Kori Lu has played most of the team's minutes in goal and enters the game with a 0.83 GAA. She has recorded four shutouts this season.
The Waves come into the weekend with a three-game losing streak and are now 6-4-2 overall. Pepperdine has lost all three on the road, starting with a 3-0 loss at UCLA, a 2-0 loss at Utah and a 1-0 double overtime loss at UNLV on Sunday. Emily Wynne leads the team in scoring with four goals and six assists, and Lindsey Redlin has two goals and six assists. Kayla Stolte has played most of the team's minutes in goal and has a 0.92 GAA with three shutouts.
Lions Get Offensive
LMU has scored eight goals in its last three games, scoring three goals against Oakland and UC Riverside, and two goals against USC. Just as interesting, those eight goals were scored by six different players. Katie Osborne and Katrina Chong had games with two goals each, but LMU's offensive attack has been extremely balanced this season. Eight different players have scored goals for the Lions in 2006, and nine different players have registered assists.
Big Win Results in National Ranking
The win over then-#16 USC on Sunday catapulted the Lions into the national rankings. LMU is now ranked #21 in the Soccer America poll, moving up from the #23 spot last week The Lions are also receiving votes in the Soccer Times poll, and are ranked #10 in the NSCAA West Region poll.
Temple Adds to Awards
In addition to being named the WCC co-Player of the Week, Whitney Temple was also named to the Soccer America Team of the Week for her role in guiding the Lions to the win over USC. Temple scored the game-winning goal in the 85th minute to help the Lions to the victory. Just as important, she led a defensive unit that shut down the powerful Trojan offense. USC was limited to just two shots on goal, and just six shots overall, despite entering the game averaging over 13 shots per game. In addition, the Women of Troy did not have a single corner kick- the first time all season that they had been shutout of corners.
Murph Hits Century Mark
LMU Head Coach Gregg Murphy picked up his 100th LMU victory in dramatic fashion with a 2-1 comeback victory on Sunday, September 24th. Now in his 11th season with the Lions, Murphy has a record of 101-76-23 at LMU. Last season, he recorded his 150th career victory with the win over UC Riverside. His career mark stands at 158-128-26. Murphy spent his first six years as a head coach at Chapman.
LMU used three goals from freshmen to defeat UC Riverside, 3-0. Katrina Chong scored twice, and Lacey Bartels added a goal and an assist in the victory. Joslyn Slovek and Allyssa Clark combined for the shutout. The Lions were able to empty their bench, using 24 players in the victory. LMU outshot UCR 17-6 for the game.
Junior Jamie Bell has been one of LMU's most potent offensive threats so far this season. She entered her junior year with one goal and four assists in her career, but has been a strong offensive weapon for the Lions this season. Bell leads the team in scoring with three goals, including the game-winner against Oklahoma State.
Baduria is Back
Stefanie Baduria is in her third year at LMU, but she struggled with injuries during her first two seasons. A stress fracture limited Baduria to just six games as a freshman, but she still earned WCC All-Freshman team honors. She was knocked out of the entire 2005 season with an ACL injury, but she is back healthy in 2006. She scored her first career goal in LMU's 2-0 win over St. Francis, and assisted on the second LMU goal of the game. Baduria has three assists this season and is tied for the team lead with seven points. Her biggest goal of the season so far came when she tied the game against USC.
Slovek Shuts `Em Down
Junior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek recorded two shutouts to earn Defensive MVP honors at the LMU/Four Points Sheraton Culver City Tournament. The Scottsdale, AZ native now has 12 career shutouts.
The Lions wrap up their four game homestand with a pair of WCC games next weekend. LMU hosts Santa Clara on Friday at 4:00pm and San Diego on Sunday at 1:00pm. The Broncos have been ranked as high as #1 in the polls this season, and the Toreros were also ranked in the top-25 in 2006.
LMU Head Coach Gregg Murphy had the opportunity of a lifetime when he traveled to Russia to serve as an assistant coach to the US Women's Under-20 National team at the 2006 World Championships. Murphy thoughts about the tournament and his experience can be found in a journal on the LMU website at www.LMULions.com.
Follow the Lions all season with GameTracker for Women's Soccer. During all LMU home games, you can get the up-to-the-minute score, as well as updated game stats and a play by play. For more information, go to www.LMULions.com.
Select home games will be broadcast live and free on Lions All-Access this season. To listen to the broadcasts, go to www.LMULions.com and click on the Lions All-Access link on the right. Just select the game of your choice and enjoy the broadcast.